Students’ Cyber-Design Challenge

The Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX) and the Smart Cybersecurity Network (Serene-risc) invite undergraduate and graduate university students from all disciplines and from across Canada to participate in their joint Cyber-Design Challenge. The Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX) is Canada’s only cross-sector cyber threat collaboration forum and source of cyber threat intelligence.

Students will work in teams of 3 or 4 to design tools and solutions to improve the effectiveness of the cctx sharing portal.

Participating students will have the opportunity to attend training webinars on cybersecurity, information-sharing and human-computer interaction. They will be mentored by a diverse group of experienced cybersecurity professionals who will help them identify and execute their most promising ideas. Students will then present their results to the CCTX Technical Committee.

Prizes: $3,000 for winning team and $2,000 for the runner-up.


  • INTRODUCE students with no prior experience to cybersecurity as a career path;
  • DEVELOP students’ understanding of the Canadian cybersecurity ecosystem, its key players and the role that they play in securing Canada’s economy and individual users;
  • CONNECT students with key players in the cybersecurity industry through CCTX, helping recruiters access highly motivated and skilled talent;
  • CHALLENGE students from a broad range of disciplines to help solve practical cybersecurity problems faced by Canadian organizations and support them to develop innovative and impactful solutions;
  • HELP CCTX and its members identify evidence-based and effective threat intelligence sharing tools and practices that can improve the cybersecurity of Canadian organizations (and help make these tools available to the Canadian cybersecurity ecosystem).


•    Aug. – First week of Sept.: Application period 
•    Sept. 13th – Sept. 17th: Background and training webinars

  • Introduction to the Challenge, objectives and milestones
  • Information sharing in the cybersecurity ecosystem
  • CCTX (history, value proposition and services)
  • The CCTX portal
  • Principles of human-computer interactions and design thinking

•    Sept. 20th – Sept. 24th: Mentor consultations (3 mentors per team in rotation / 30 minutes per mentor)

•    Sept. 27th – Oct. 8th: Teams work on solutions/designs 

•    Oct. 11th – Oct. 15th: Teams present their results to the Jury (CCTX Technical Committee and Serene-risc team)


To register individually or as a team, please email us your name(s), university affiliation, discipline, and level of study (undergraduate, postgraduate or doctoral) at